We had the good fortune of connecting with Chris Walsh and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Chris, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
To me, a healthy work/life balance is one of the most important aspects to being able to sustain your career over time. Life is finite. There are only so many hours in a day. I didn’t always think that way, and when I was younger I had more flexibility to steal more hours each day to put into my craft. Our industry ebbs and flows with how much of yourself you have to put into it. Our livelihoods and comfort depend on the ability to dip in and out of those streams effectively. You have to know how to shed the weight of your work when it’s time to pay attention to life.
I’ve worked in different production and marketing roles in Colorado since 2005. I’ve burned out. I’ve seen some of the most admirable creatives around us burn out, big time. I’ve seen some come back from it with a full 180º perspective on their work/life balance and achieve a much happier, sustainable tempo. We’re all extremely lucky to be dedicated to and find success in this creative industry. There’s nothing better than knowing you’re doing something you love and getting paid to do it. Late nights and early call times are exciting. Solving difficult problems and exercising your creative muscles feels gratifying. Everyone has different thresholds and tolerance for all of that, but no matter what that tolerance level is it’s not healthy to let it take over your life. It’s important to know when to say no just as much as it is to say yes. Work is not your personality. You have to honor life outside of work. You have to honor your personal time and your family’s time.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Honest Films is the commercial production company that makes people believe. We partner with authentic, storied brands to create short films, broadcast commercials, and animations that carve out a lasting home in people’s hearts.
We feel like partners to the brands and businesses we work with. We aim to create authentic, honest work that speaks to the down-deep parts in us all. Whatever that is that is deeper and truer about your brand, we want to find it and tell the world about it.
We want you to move from being simply known about to being believed in. That changes everything.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I love spending time in Old Town Arvada. Usually we’ll grab beers and apps at So Radish, then dinner at Lady Nomada, and then stop at New Image Brewing or the Denver Beer Garden at the end of the night.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My business partner, Nate Rich, has been pivotal to my professional success since we first met on set in film school. We’ve been through thick and thin, learning and challenging each other throughout each turn in our careers.
Nikki Pike, my friend and long-time creative collaborator also deserves a huge shoutout. She runs her own shop as Art Director / Animator at OH WHOA. We’ve been chopping up and animating timelines together for almost 10 years now, and she’s been a great person to bounce ideas off of and has an incredibly creative mindset for motion and post.
The photos of me and our office were taken by Sean Waldron of Sean Waldron Creative.